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Date: Thu, 23 Mar 1995 16:35:24 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Naval Service Medical News (NSMN) 95-12
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RMKS/1. THIS SERVICE IS FOR GENERAL DISTRIBUTION OF INFORMATION
AND NEWS OF INTEREST TO NAVY AND MARINE CORPS MEMBERS, CIVILIAN
EMPLOYEES, FAMILY MEMBERS AND RETIRED BENEFICIARIES OF NAVY
MEDICINE. MAXIMUM AND TIMELY REDISTRIBUTION OR FURTHER
REPRODUCTION AND USE BY ACTION ADDRESSEES IS ENCOURAGED. THIS
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MARINE CORPS ACTIVITIES.
2. HEADLINES AND GENERAL INTEREST STORIES THIS WEEK:
(950090) -CNO Extends Accolades to Navy Medical Department
(950091) -MSC Officers Recognized for Excellence by ACHE
(950092) -Naval Hospital's BEQ Receives Four-Star Rating
(950093) -NNMC Corpsman Heads for Naval Academy, Class of '99
(950094) -Navy and Civilian Partnership is Win-Win Situation
(950095) -CPR Training Saves Lives — Sometimes the Teacher's
(950096) -USUHS Offers CME on the Internet
(950097) -Navy Nurses Provide Corpsmen with LVN Review Classes
(950098) -Prescription Musts for Mail-order Pharmacy Project
(950099) -Naval District Washington's Uniform Shift Coming
(950100) -NDC Newport Change of Command (para 3)
(950101) -Cote Retires with Legion of Merit after 42 Years
HEADLINE: CNO Extends Accolades to Navy Medical Department
CNO Washington (NSMN) — The recent presentation of American
Hospital Association awards to two Navy Medical Department
officers attracted the attention and praise of Chief of Naval
Operations ADM J.M. Boorda. In a letter to Navy Surgeon General
VADM D.F. Hagen, MC, the CNO said:
"I was very pleased to learn that, for the first time in the
history of these prestigious awards. . ., two members of the same
service won the awards and those members are our Navy shipmates!
"Rear Admiral Hal Koenig is the 1994 winner as the Federal
Health Care Executive . Commander Dan Snyder is the winner of the
Award for Achievement . I could not be prouder of these two
professionals nor of the Navy medical team on which they serve.
"Please give a very well deserved BZ to Hal and Dan. Share
it also with your other team members. They are the best!"
The CNO also penned a personal note, which the Surgeon
General heartily endorses: "Well Done to all!"
HEADLINE: MSC Officers Recognized for Excellence by ACHE
NMC Portsmouth, VA (NSMN) — At a recent meeting of the
American College of Healthcare Executives, two Medical Service
Corps officers from Naval Medical Center Portsmouth were honored
by the ACHE's "Federal Sector Awards Program" — LCDR John W.
Tempesco, MSC, received ACHE's Military Excellence in Managed
Care Award; LT Terri L. Butler, MSC, received the Navy Regent
Young Healthcare Executive Award.
Tempesco is currently officer in charge, Building No. 1, NMC
Portsmouth. A past project manager for the Navy's only Catchment
Area Management Program, in Charleston, SC, Tempesco served as
head, Managed Care, Navy Managed Care Program, from June 1992 to
December 1994, where he made significant contributions to the
Navy's progress in understanding managed care practice
philosophy . The catalyst for major modification of the fiscal
intermediary contract supporting Tricare Tidewater, he negotiated
numerous partnership agreements at significant cost savings to
the government; coordinated development, testing and
implementation of the first Catchment Area Management Information
System (CAMIS) ; and served on number DOD-level working groups.
He frequently appeared before Congress, DOD, Navy commands and
civilian audiences to address managed care issues.
Butler, who currently serves as the aide to the commander,
Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, received the Young Healthcare
Executive Award for her superb working knowledge of the local
health care environment and her contribution to the operational
excellence and capability of the Naval Medical Center. She was
instrumental in the development of the managed care directorate
as a philosophy of practice to facilitate changes in business
practices . As a subject matter expert on pre-authorized
preventive services under the Tricare Prime program, she authored
sections of the Tricare Prime Beneficiary Handbook and was
instrumental in its layout design.
Congratulations to both LCDR Tempesco and LT Butler on their
HEADLINE: Naval Hospital ' s BEQ Receives Four-Star Rating
NAVHOSP Pensacola, FL (NSMN) — Naval Hospital Pensacola's
Bachelor Enlisted Quarters (BEQ) — a 12-person enlisted living
facility located on the northeast corner of the naval hospital
compound — received a "Four-Star Outstanding" rating by the
Bureau of Naval Personnel ' s Management Assistance and Inspection
Team (MAIT) during an inspection in January.
Only seven of 1 15 BEQs inspected during the past two-and-
one-half years have received a rating of "outstanding. " Naval
Hospital Pensacola's BEQ is the first Bureau of Medicine and
Surgery affiliated facility to receive a rating of outstanding,
according to inspection team members.
And on top of the outstanding, the inspection team gave the
hospital BEQ a "four-star" rating, the highest and most
distinguished honor that can be earned for a BEQ within the Navy.
"We are certainly proud of our BEQ staff and residents for
making this facility amongst the best throughout the Navy, " said
Commanding Officer CAPT Marion Balsam, MC. "Additionally, it was
certainly inspiring to see that our BEQ staff took such pride in
their quarters as reflected by their starting a self-help
program" to refurbish the facility.
Balsam also recently presented the BEQ Manager, MSC Mildred
V. Pereira, with a Navy Achievement Medal for her management of
"Chief Pereira displayed meticulous attention to detail and
superior resourcefulness abilities, " said Balsam. "She spent
numerous off-duty hours in preparation for this inspection.
Chief Pereira was directly responsible for our BEQ earning such
an outstanding rating. "
Pereira, a native of San Diego, works in the Operating
Management Department of Naval Hospital Pensacola.
HEADLINE: NNMC Corpsman Heads for Naval Academy, Class of '99
NNMC Bethesda, MD (NSMN) — What does a young person do
these days to further his or her education? Set a goal and go
for it .
HM3 Charles F. Gould Jr. set his goal at obtaining a higher
education and now the U.S. Naval Academy will provide him with
that. Gould, senior corpsman for the National Naval Medical
Center's Ward 5 West, was notified earlier this year that he has
been accepted to and will be part of the class of 1999 at the
"My division officer suggested I apply to the Naval
Academy, " said Gould. "It was quite a process. I needed a
letter of endorsement from the command, letters of
recommendation, all my high school and college transcripts, SAT
scores, and had to write an essay and pass a physical . I really
had a lot of help from HM2 High, my LPO. I never would have had
all the administrative detail and correspondence that my package
needed if it hadn't been for him. " Gould also credits his
successful application to others, "like Lieutenant Porter and
Lieutenant Commander Raderstorf, my division officers. They
pushed me through. Captain Huber knew what steps to take with
the Academy to get my package through. It was close, we had a
January 31 deadline and I turned it in January 29. Because of
the proximity to Annapolis, I walked everything through instead
of sending it through the mail, which I think helped. "
Gould, who joined the Navy in 1993 and attended hospital
corpsman "A" school, isn't quite sure what he wants to study at
the academy, but says he wouldn't mind becoming a Marine Corps
officer. He reports to the Academy 30 June to begin plebe
summer, which is an orientation process for all freshmen. After
spending four years at Annapolis, he must obligate service for
six more years.
"I 'm still a bit overwhelmed at the whole thing, but there
is no turning back now, I'm going, " he said. "I don't think I've
stopped grinning since I was notified of my acceptance. Little
things don 't bother me as much now, I have a higher goal to
Condensed from a story by J02 Sue Roland
HEADLINE : Navy and Civilian Partnership is Win-Win Situation
NAVHOSP Newport, RI (NSMN) — It ' s amazing what aggressive
Navy surgeons and an innovative command can do. Building on a
foundation set in 1991, when Naval Hospital Newport finalized an
external partnership agreement with a local community hospital to
provide all inpatient and ambulatory surgical care for military
beneficiaries while outpatient care and select procedures were
done at the Navy facility, Navy general surgeons at Naval
Hospital Newport have recently expanded their scope of care.
For instance, general surgeons at Newport aggressively
sought and received vascular and thoracic privileges, using the
civilian hospital ' s intensive care commitment and operating room
availability. This flexibility recently allowed Navy surgeons,
using civilian facilities, to complete surgery for an abdominal
aortic aneurism and also to save the leg of a second patient with
reversed vascular occlusion, averting the necessity of an
amputation . Both procedures not only provided patients immediate
access to a high level of quality care, they resulted in
significant savings to the Navy by avoiding the cost of a medevac
to one of the military's major medical treatment facilities .
HEADLINE: CPR Training Saves Lives — Sometimes the Teacher's
NMCL Annapolis, MD (NSMN) — In Annapolis, the staff of the
Education and Training Department of the Naval Medical Clinic is
dedicated to the goal of training every member of the Naval
Academy family in the art of saving a life through
HM1 Terry Tilson says they saw a need to train everyone in
this lifesaving technique. While most active duty members and
civilian employees are required to know CPR, families are not.
The clinic' s weekly evening programs provide an easy way for
employees and family members to learn CPR.
The time to learn CPR is before you need it. And Tilson has
first-hand proof that the time to teach it is before you need it
too. In 1980, he was on a Mediterranean cruise with a Marine
platoon; they decided to go snorkeling. With several hours to
wait before they could go, Tilson decided to put the time to good
use and teach the group CPR. Three hours later, while
snorkeling, Tilson was stung by a sea anemone and had a cardiac
arrest under water. A Marine sergeant he had just taught pulled
Tilson from the water and performed CPR, saving his teacher's
life. "I'm walking proof it works, " Tilson said.
HEADLINE: USUHS Offers CME on the Internet
USUHS Bethesda, MD (NSMN) — The Uniformed Services
University of the Health Sciences recently announced a new
feature available on the World Wide Web server of its Department
of Pathology — "Continuing Medical Education (CME) on the
Internet." USUHS President James A. Zimble, MD, calls the
offering "truly a major milestone in the utilization of
interactive telemedicine . "
The URL (Universal Resource Locator) of the server is:
http://wwwpath.usuf2.usuhs.mil . The initial offering on the
server, Cases for Diagnosis : Surgical Pathology, features
presentations of patient radiographs, imaging studies,
photographs of gross and microscopic specimens together with
patient case histories in a case study page. The thumbnail
images that are shown are linked to larger black and white or
color photographs (24-bit) . Links to a question page, comment
pages and to other relevant pages on the server are provided.
With WWW browsing software, such as Mosaic or Netscape, relevant
links are easily navigated by a simple click of the mouse.
This course is designated as a continuing medical education
activity for one hour of Category 1 credit for the Physician' s
Recognition Award of the American Medical Association. In order
to receive credit, participants must return a question form to
USUHS. A convenient response page linked to every case is easily
completed and returned by typing the required reply or clicking
on selected answers. A certificate of participation will be sent
electronically to the responders. Two weeks after the initial
presentation of cases, the diagnosis and case discussion are
For more information about the course, contact the course
director, LTC Richard Conran, MC, USA, at DSN 295-3454 or (301)
295-3454. For technical instructions on how to connect, contact
Mr. Jim Hernandez, USUHS ' s World Wide Web administrator, at DSN
295-3237 or (301) 295-3237.
HEADLINE: Navy Nurses Provide Corpsmen with LVN Review Classes
USNH Guam (NSMN) — The director of Nursing Service at U.S.
Naval Hospital Guam, CDR A. Shimkus, NC, recently challenged the
hospital ' s nurses to think of how to best help hospital corpsmen
advance professionally and personally .
One way they discovered was that corpsmen could challenge
the Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Exam after validating
successful completion of basic hospital corps school and one year
of inpatient hospital experience, according to the Guam and
California Nurse Board of Examiners.
With the additional benefit of positively impacting the
quality of care, LT Linda Nichols, NC, USNR, eagerly coordinated
the hospital ' s first LVN Review Course in spring 1994, which was
well attended by both military personnel and people from the
civilian community. The course also provided corpsmen additional
opportunities to review for advancement exams.
Offering classes once a week after normal working hours, 18
Navy Nurse Corps officers volunteered to prepare and teach a
comprehensive range of topics, such as: nursing process, anatomy
and physiology, pharmacology, care of patients in various
developmental stages, obstetrical nursing, disaster/ emergency
nursing, and psychiatric nursing. Thus far, about six people are
in the application process or have successfully completed the
exam. HM3 Walter Silverman was one of the first to pass the
California LVN Examination.
LT Ana Stoehr continued the tradition in 1995, revising the
curriculum to better meet the needs of the students . She calls
it a "win-win" situation for everyone — an excellent review of
the basics of patient care for advancement and licensure and an
opportunity for "instructors" to improve their teaching skills.
Story by CDR Jean E. Quindag-Raffels, NC, assistant director,
USNH Nursing Service
HEADLINE : Prescription Musts for Mail-order Pharmacy Project
BUMED Washington (NSMN) — The DOD Mail Service Pharmacy
Demonstration (MSPD) was implemented in 1994 in two multistate
regions — Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, and Pennsylvania,
New Jersey and Delaware.
Recently, a representative of the contractor, Health Care
Services, Inc., briefed program managers at the Bureau of
Medicine and Surgery on the first three months of MSPD's
The monthly volume of prescriptions filled under the MSPD is
growing rapidly, but is still significantly less than
anticipated . One problem is that military providers do not
include all required data elements on prescriptions . If you
write a prescription that is to be filled through the MSPD, be
sure to include on each prescription document your identification
information — printed name, address, telephone number and social
security number of prescriber . Also include the date, 60 day
supply authorized and the number of refills authorized.
Another reason for the lower than anticipated volume is that
patients are not aware of this service and what it has to offer.
CHAMPUS-eligible beneficiaries in the two multistate areas can
get 60-day prescriptions filled through the mail for copayments
of either $4 (active duty family members) or $8 (all others) per
Depending on your location, Medicare-eligible beneficiaries
can also take advantage of the MSPD. During 1995, those in the
BRAC-site catchment areas of Orlando, FL, and Philadelphia will
become eligible for MSPD. Also, the 1995 Defense Authorization
Act extends eligibility to Medicare-eligible beneficiaries who
are outside BRAC catchment areas if they relied upon the pharmacy
services at a BRAC site medical treatment facility.
Not only is the MSPD more convenient for patients, it ' s more
cost-effective for the Department of Defense.
If you think you 're eligible for this service and would like
more information, contact your health benefits advisor.
If you're writing prescriptions for the MSPD, be sure to
include all required information. Health care providers and HBAs
needing more information can contact BUMED ' s CDR P. Buss, MC, at
DSN 294-1701 or (202) 653-1701.
HEADLINE: Naval District Washington's Uniform Shift Coming
NDW Washington (NSMN) — If you 're headed to the Washington
area, you'll want to know that the shift to summer uniform will
be effective in Naval District Washington 0001, 1 May 1995.
In a message issued last month, NDW stated "the prescribed
uniform of the day is summer white for officers and chief petty
officers; service dress white for E-6 and below. The alternate
uniform is summer khaki (CNT fabric) for officers and chief petty
officers; summer white for E-6 and below. " There will be no
If you're coming to town to conduct official business on
Capitol Hill, the prescribed uniform remains service dress blue.
3. Changes of Command: Information on new assignments of Navy
Medical Department leaders.
HEADLINE: NDC Newport Change of Command
NDC Newport, RI (NSMN) — In a change of command ceremony 23
February 1995, CAPT Leon R. Escude Jr., DC, relieved CAPT Robert
L. Jucovics, DC, as commanding officer, Naval Dental Center
Jucovics , commanding officer of the Naval Dental Center
since July 1992, will report as the commanding officer, Naval
Dental Center Great Lakes, IL, in March.
Escude was previously director of the Branch Dental Clinic
at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.
HEADLINE: Cote Retires with Legion of Merit after 42 Years
NAVHOSP Newport, RI (NSMN) — In a change of command
ceremony held 2 December 1994, CAPT Charles Henderson III, MSC,
relieved CAPT Robert R. Cote, MSC, as commanding officer, Naval
Hospital Newport .
Henderson previously served as commanding officer, Naval
Hospital Patuxent River, MD.
Cote had served as Newport 's commanding officer since 30
March 1993. He retired with 42 years of naval service, and
received a Legion of Merit in recognition of his outstanding
contributions to Navy medicine . Although he retired from the
Navy, Cote did not retire from the health care arena. He
accepted a position as director, Health Services, at the
University of Rhode Island.
4 . Events, observances and anniversaries for the month of April
and 1-11 April:
National Alcohol Awareness Month (212/206-6770)
Cancer Control Month (404/329-5739)
Child Abuse Prevention Month (312/663-3520)
Month of the Military Child
Stress Awareness Month
National Occupational Therapy Month (301/652-2682)
National Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Awareness Month
Sports Eye Safety Month (1-800-331-2020)
National Youth Sports Injury Prevention Month (617/449-2499)
National Humor Month (408/624-3058)
Mathematics Education Month
Keep America Beautiful Month
1 April - 1 May: Annual Savings Bonds Campaign
1 April 1925: 1st carrier night landing made on Langley
1 April: April Fool's Day
2 April, 0200: Daylight-saving time begins; set clocks
ahead one hour
2 April 1948: Dental Technician Rating Established
2 April: International Children's Book Day
3 April 1860: Pony Express started
3—9 April: Healthcare Access Personnel Week — "We Admit We
6 April 1830: Mormon church organized
7 April: World Health Day
7-9 April: Alcohol-Free Weekend (212/206-6770)
9 April : Palm Sunday
9 April 1865: General Robert E. Lee, CSA, surrendered to
Lt.Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, USA, ending the Civil War, which began
12 April 1861, with shots fired on Fort Sumter, Charleston, SC
9-15 April: National Building Safety Week (703/437-0100)
9-15 April: National Library Week — "Libraries Change
Lives" (312/280-5044/1 or 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5044 or 5041)
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